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COVID-19 Indoor Air Quality Best Practices &
Utility Con$ervation Cost Reduction Action Steps for Houses of Worship

This program is offered on THURSDAY AFTERNOON, October 29 at 1:00pm EDT and repeated on MONDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 2 at 7:30pm EST.

Presented by Professor Curt M. Freedman, PE, CEM, CEA, LEED AP, Adjunct professor of Energy Management and Alternative Energy at Western New England University (Springfield, MA), a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), and a Registered Professional Engineer, will engage participants in the following:

·    An interactive discussion of best practices and Massachusetts standards for COVID building ventilation and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
·    A presentation of easily available Energy Conservation strategies and other cost reduction technologies
·    Suggestions for Mothballing buildings in whole or in part due to the pandemic in preparation for this winter

Participants are encouraged to submit in their registration any additional topics that they would like the speaker to address during the presentation.

A Zoom link will be emailed to all registrants during the week of this program.
Community Events*
LimmudFest Online
Sunday, November 15
11:00 am - 4:30 pm

Join us for a day filled with Jewish culture, learning, music and so much more!

Rachel Korazim and Laura Mandel in Conversation: 
Windows to Israeli Society through Literature and Life
Sunday, October 18 at 11am
Free and Open to the public. Sign up now.
Zoom link provided upon registration
A maven of Israeli poetry and literature, and a delightfully engaging teacher, Rachel Korazim will be LimmudBoston’s special guest this year at its November 15th eFestival. Join us in October for a special preview, a chance to learn more about Rachel’s own story, and hear about her experiences teaching during the time of coronavirus. Rachel will be in conversation with Laura Mandel, Executive Director of the Jewish Arts Collaborative.
Shusterman Center for Israel Studies

Join the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University online for these upcoming virtual events - a mix of arts programs and academic presentations, plus an evening with Natan Sharansky! Free and open to all; registration required to receive Zoom link.

Text and Violence in Jerusalem: Hebrew Graffiti on the Western Wall
Thursday, October 15, 12:00 - 1:00 PM EDT 
Zoom event
An academic seminar with Yair Wallach, Senior Lecturer in Israeli Studies at SOAS, University of London, where he is also the head of the SOAS Centre for Jewish Studies. He is a cultural and social historian of modern Palestine/Israel.Free and open to all; registration required.

Armenian Ceramics: How the Art of a Genocide Survivor Changed the Face of Jerusalem
Wednesday, October 28, 7:30 - 8:45 PM EDT 
Zoom event
Cosponsored with the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR). Illustrated lecture with Sato Moughalian, author of "Feast of Ashes - The Life and Art of David Ohannessian." Joining for Q&A: Marc Mamigonian, Director of Academic Affairs at NAASR. All participants will receive a code for 20% off the book during the event. Free and open to all; registration required.

Affirmative Squatting: Mizrahi Women in Israel Correcting Past Injustices
Thursday, October 29, 12:00 - 1:00 PM EDT 
Zoom event
An academic seminar with Claris Harbon, Research Associate, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Brandeis University. Assistant Professor in Gender Studies, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane. A scholar of law, socio-legal studies, race/ethnicity studies, and gender studies, her work examines the home, especially public housing in Israel as a site of both oppression and resistance. Free and open to all; registration required.

American Jews & the State of Israel: As One or Divided? Natan Sharansky and Gil Troy in conversation with Jonathan Sarna and Shirley Idelson, based on the book "Never Alone" 
Monday, November 9, 12:00 - 1:00 PM EST 
Zoom event
Co-hosted by the Office of the President of Brandeis University. Hear Natan Sharansky, hero of the Soviet Jewry movement and former chair of Israel's Jewish Agency, along with his "Never Alone: Prison, Politics, and My People" co-author, historian Gil Troy, in conversation with Schusterman Center Director, Jonathan D. Sarna, and Director of the Hornstein Program, Rabbi Shirley Idelson. Free and open to all; registration required.
2020 ALS & MS Walk for Living
Sunday, October 18

How we wish we could see you in person this year! While that is, unfortunately, not possible, your support can still be felt by registering as a virtual walker or with a donation - every little bit helps! Every single dollar raised goes directly back to patient care and programs that allow for these very deserving individuals to continue to live as independently as possible. Now more than ever, we need your help - together we can make a difference in the lives of our ALS & MS Residents.

JCAM's Community Book & Judaica Tent Event
Sunday, October 18 10am-12pm

-Browse our Large Selection of Gently Used*
  • PRAYER & STUDY BOOKS (English/Hebrew)
*All books and Judaica are from JCAM’s Community Genizah
  • A JCAM Team Member will search our extensive database of 125 Jewish Cemeteries to find who you’ve been looking for!

Masks Required & Social Distancing
Donations for Books, Judaica and Genealogy Services are greatly appreciated.
The JCAM Charitable Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization

For more information about this event, call 617-244-6509 x102

Free virtual concert
Sun., Oct 18, 7pm
Streaming on Global Arts Live Facebook & YouTube pages

Global Arts Live, a nonprofit organization based in Cambridge, MA, is thrilled to present a FREE livestream with Boston’s own internationally acclaimed klezmer band, Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band. Please spread the word on this great group and their upcoming virtual concert to your email lists and via your social media channels. Boston’s internationally acclaimed Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band brings passion, virtuosity, and energy to every performance with its irresistible contemporary interpretation of Jewish music. The group improvises with the intimacy of chamber music and the intensity of a rowdy dance band. "Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band, in Boston, packs plenty of Jewish soul and dance spirit into the frisky original tunes and the refurbished historical fare these five excellent musicians present . . ."—Downbeat Magazine

Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston

Beginners Workshop on Jewish Genealogy
October 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT – Zoom Meeting
Carol Clingan and Debbie Lerner, who together have more than 30 years of genealogy research experience, will present a workshop tailored for beginners on the process of researching your family tree. The first half will present the resources, databases and records that are most helpful to begin researching your family history. The second half will apply this information to a case study, demonstrating what you can find and how you can use it to tell your family story. Their core message is that you CAN research your family tree and will be off to a great start after you attend this workshop.

Lisa Cooper – A Forgotten Land: Growing Up in the Jewish Pale
October 25 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT – Zoom Meeting
What was life like in the old country? Through the eyes of Lisa Cooper’s grandmother Pearl, we experience family life in the Russian Empire in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the context of pogroms, World War I, the Russian Revolution, and civil war. Pearl’s son recorded his mother’s memories, which give a lively sense of life and culture in the Pale of our ancestors.

JGSGB paid members: Programs are free. Members do not need to register.
You can find the Zoom links by logging in to your JGSGB Membership account. Once logged in, use the “What would you like to do” dropdown to locate the Members-only Page for the Zoom link. You will also receive an email with the Zoom link the morning of the program.
These programs will be recorded, so members will be able to view it on the Members-only Page.
Click here to register and receive the Zoom link for October 18
Click here to register and receive the Zoom link for October 25
Join JALSA and JCAN for an exciting night of Climate Action.

On Thursday, October 22, 2020 from 6-7:30 PM we will be phone banking to voters concerned about Environmental Justice. Join us to build bonds of community, and fight for a cleaner and better tomorrow.
Please register by clicking this form. JALSA/JCAN Climate Action Night

JCAN Book Discussion Group

Our titles will explore our connection to soil, plants, trees, and wildlife, as well as the ways in which they can be part of the fight against climate change.
The Earth Knows My Name: Food, Culture, and Sustainability in the Gardens of Ethnic America by Patricia Klindienst (moderated by Rabbi Katy Allen on November 9 at 7 PM)
Please contact with any questions
Creativity Connects Shabbat
October 23 and 24

The Jewish Arts Collaborative in partnership with the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts are bringing together synagogues across Massachusetts for one shabbat and we want YOU to be a part of it. JArts is producing a special 12 minute film, Culture Connects Us, designed to be included in your online services for Creativity Connects Shabbat, October 23 and 24. Our goal is to involve as many synagogues as possible in a state-wide celebration of Jewish arts and culture. Clergy from over 20 synagogues of all denominations are involved in the film’s production.
To publicize your participation, we need some very basic info. Please complete the very brief form at so we can promote your community’s services.
In turn, we ask you to promote this special celebration via emails, social media, and bimah announcements.
Hadassah Boston:
The Forgotten Refugees
Sunday, November 1 @ 7:30PM

A film about the unknown history of the Jewish communities in Arab countries, ome of which had existed for over 2,500 years. Hadassah Boston invites you to a discussion and Q & A, with Executive Producer, Avi Goldwasser, on his film: The Forgotten Refugees. Upon registering: the link to view the film, and the zoom link for the discussion, will be sent. Thank you to the Israel Advocacy Alliance.

Don’t miss the world’s largest event on antisemitism, hate and bigotry. Never Is Now is the best way to learn about and discuss contemporary drivers of antisemitism and hate and how to replace misinformation with facts. This year, it’s online and free, so we expect a bigger crowd than ever!

Sunday November 22, 2020

Joyce & Michael Bohnen
Ellie & Barry Shrage


Jewish Family & Children's Service: Family Table

Family Table, the kosher food pantry at Jewish Family & Children’s Service, is looking for volunteers in Waltham, Marblehead, and Canton as we continue to serve our clients during the pandemic. In the past few months, our numbers have increased as we are providing emergency food for many people impacted by the ongoing health crisis. Volunteers are needed to pack and deliver groceries on Sunday distribution days, pre-pack bags during the week, and assist during our curbside pick-up distributions. Strict social distancing guidelines are in place. All volunteers 18 and older must undergo a CORI background check prior to volunteering. If you’re interested in volunteering with Family Table, please see our Distribution Schedule and fill out this application form. For questions, email or call 781-693-5593.
Israeli American Council

The Israeli American Council offers events and programs for individuals of all ages. Explore their catalogue of educational offerings, activism programs, holiday celebrations and commemorations, festivals, gala, and more!

Yachad New England

This fall, Yachad New England is offering a wide range of virtual events. Enjoy programs based on varying themes, from meditation to sports to Torah, and so much more!

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